11 killed in cloudburst, flash floods; Leh cut-off5 August 2010
The Daily Excelsior
JAMMU: Eleven persons were killed in flash floods caused by unprecedented heavy rains and cloud-burst, which sanpped road connectivity of Leh with rest of the State while as over 50 houses were damaged and administration rescued 250 tourists on Leh-Manali road, which got blocked due to inclement weather conditions. Deputy Commissioner, Leh, T Angchok said that 11 persons were killed in sudden flooding in nullahs due to over night heavy rains and cloud burst in Nimoo, Basgo and Ney villages of Leh district. Six labourers of National Hydroelectric Project Corporation (NHPC) engaged in installation of transmission line towers in Nimoo area under Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Vidutikaran Yojna (RGGVY) got killed due to sudden flash floods in the area. These labourers were putting up in the vicinity of a nullah when the nature’s fury struck them. Bodies of four of them were recovered and two others remained missing till reports last came in. Their identification could not be established. Similarly, two women and a girl of one family were killed in Ney village as their house got completed damaged in the cloud burst, the Deputy Commissioner said, adding the house was completely filled with the silt and it was very difficult to bring out the deceased from the house. The deceased have been identified as 59 years old Stanzin Dalmo, 26 year old Tsering Palmo and Jiglet Yangshit, daughter of Tsetan Angdo. At Nimoo, an Innova car with its unidentified driver and a tipper got washed away in the flash floods while as in Basgo, a Nepali labourer lost his life due to nature’s fury, the Deputy Commissioner said, adding due to inclement weather conditions, two important bridges suffered extensive damages thereby snapping road connectivity of the district with the rest of the region. 'The concerned authorities have started work to repair the damages caused to the bridges and we are hopeful of restoring the same by tomorrow evening', the Deputy Commissioner said while disclosing that even road connectivity of several areas with district headquarters has also been snapped due to damages to roads and culverts caused by the flash floods and cloud bursts. 'The unprecedented rainfall also led to blockade of Leh -Manali road late last night leading to stranding of around 250 tourists and civil administration with the help of Army authorities got all of them shifted to safer places during day long exercise today', Mr Angchok said. To a question, he disclosed that around 50 houses suffered damages across the district due to flash floods and cloud bursts. During the day today, Minister for Tourism, Nawang Rigzin Jora along with Deputy Commissioner and concerned staff visited the affected localities. They also conducted aerial survey of some areas to assess the damages caused by flash floods. Mr Jora instructed the concerned officers for assessment of losses and restoration of irrigation canals, electricity and drinking water immediately. He appealed the youth of these villages to mobilize the villagers in restoration works under NREGA programme. On the occasion, the Deputy Commissioner, Leh announced a relief of Rs.5,000 out of the Red Cross Fund, to those whose residential houses have completely been washed away. He said that house hold items like utensils, blankets, edible oil, mattresses etc have been provided to the afftected people. He said that under Nation Calamity Relief Fund an amount of Rs one lakh each would be provided to the next of kin of those who lost their lives. He directed the authorities of Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution to provide dry ration and kerosene oil free of cost to the affected families for three months.